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Along the same topic, here's an article from espn.go commenting about the financial payoffs of the following schools that engaged in recent conference transitions: Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, TCU, WVU, Texas A&M, and Missouri. While certain ESPN articles can fluctuate in the levels of content and objectivity, this one offers a respectable perspective and does provide some worthy content, including reinforcing some known information.
No schools (Pitt, Syracuse, and more recently, Louisville) that transitioned to the ACC were profiled. Also, details on Maryland and Rutgers figures were not reported, attributably due to only one year of available financial data.http://espn.go.com/college-football/sto ... take-shape
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Very interesting article.
Some of the takes from this article are as expected and some are surprising.
Colorado appears to have landed in the best conference for that particular school with so many U of Colorado alumni living on the west coast. It makes you wonder why Colorado remained in the Big 8/Big 12 for so many years and maybe it took this round of realignment to get the school in the preferred conference.
West Virginia travel increases are not much different from Texas A&M and Missouri. West Virginia finally appears to be in a conference with large like minded flagship state schools. So much for the concern of being on an island eh!
A lot of these schools are hit with a huge debt as expected with most paying huge exit fees and increased in travel expenses. It appears most of these schools that made recent jump to another league will take some time to catch up to the other schools in those leagues that did not have to make the same commitment. I am guessing the networks were the big winners by dropping the BCS power leagues from six to five. It is unfortunate these schools that made the jump had to pay most of the cost that benefited the networks. Make not mistake the TV networks were behind these moves. If we need some confirmation we should get in touch with Boston College.
While all these schools appear to be winners in the long run as they all are in stable leagues with good TV contracts, a couple may have made out better than others.
Texas A&M may have escaped the shadows of U on Texas and appears to be more of winner compared to the U of Missouri which increased travel cost and Missouri was already in a power league before making the jump.
Utah and TCU were clear winners for obvious reasons as both escaped the mid major status of the Mountain West and the limited TV revenue resources that were provided in their formal leagues.
Nebraska may have paid the biggest price and got less for taking the biggest risk that started all this latest mess of realignment. Sometimes you do not know how good you got it until you make a move and it too late to turn back now. Hey just look at what progress in football the University of Texas and your new conference the Big Ten has made in recent years with owning networks.